Tyson Finishes Season With The Win On Potomac
ATHENS, AL – James “Jim” Tyson wins the last tournament of the season for the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held Sept 15-16, 2012, on the Potomac River.
Running out of Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Tyson a 49 year old business owner from Middletown, PA, wins big in the Boater Division. Jim secured a one pound lead on day one with 14.42 pounds and sealed his win on Day two with 14.64 pounds. He had a ten fish limit for a total of 29.06 pounds with a 4.68 pound kicker in his bag and $4,301 in his pocket.
“I practiced the last couple of weeks fishing the rocks using Baker crankbaits, so I decided to try and stay with the rock. It seemed like I was catching bigger fish off the rock. With the wind blowing the first day it just helped me, the fish were there on the rock and I was able to get them in. It was just unbelievable. I probably caught sixteen bass the first day. Today was hardly any wind at all and I had a hard time getting a bite. I had one fish going in at 11am and I went into the grass for about an hour and caught a couple of good ones. I saw the wind was starting to pick up a little so I left and went to some more rock and decided to throw the crankbait until the end and I was able to finish out my limit and upgrade probably four or five times. Fishing the Baker crankbait was the key. I want to thank the Good Lord for letting me come out here and fish, I just feel blessed. I want to thank my wife, Michelle, she just lets me come out and she never complains and thanks to my two daughters.”
In second, Bill Kramer of Gaithersburg, Maryland, weighed ten bass for 27.03 pounds. He had two consistent days for 13.41 pounds on day one and 13.62 pounds on day two and brings home a check for $2,100. Kramer finishes the point chase in second place among the boaters in the Maryland division.
In third of the 71 boaters, James Donegan of Leesburg, VA, brought ten bass to the scales for a total weight of 25.39 pounds. He had two good days of fishing for 12.18 pounds on day one and finished up day two with 13.21 pounds and a payday of $1,435.
John Hutchins of Warrenton, VA, finishes a close fourth with a ten bass limit for 25.04 pounds with a 4.19-pounder anchoring his bag. He received a check for $1,005 for his efforts this weekend. Hutchins holds the third place spot in the final points for the season here in Maryland.
In the Co-Angler Division, Michael Nelms of Fredericksburg, VA, caught the six fish limit and the big fish title for his 4.66 pound lunker. He just couldn’t find what he was looking for on day one and brought 7.13 pounds to the scales but he got out the frog on day two and hooked his big fish and a bag weighing 10.20 pounds. He takes home $2,404 for his time on the water.
“I’ve been on the river for a month and a half practicing. I had a good tournament last week and I knew the fishing was going to be tough. I drew a boater on Saturday that said he wasn’t on anything and I told him I can have some fish. Knowing the conditions were going to be tough, I went to an area where I knew we could both catch a limit. He caught twenty-five fish and I catch sixty fish on Saturday. Today was a little different; I threw a frog and caught my big fish and I fished a jig a little bit and caught probably seven to eight fish today. Not as many as yesterday but the quality was better. I fish against these guys and throwing a frog is one of my strong points and today I caught them on a frog. Two of my best fish came on a frog and the other was on a jig. I want to thank my wife for putting up with me the last month and a half while I was practicing on the river and Mare Marine for keeping me on the water. I want to dedicate this win to Frankie Ianerelli, a good friend of mine that passed away on Thursday.
In second, Robert Wedding of Welcome, Maryland, finishes slightly behind first place with 16.94 pounds for a payday $1,075. At the end of day one he was in first with 9.30 pounds but couldn’t hold his lead on day two with 7.64 pounds but manages to collect $1,075 for his efforts.
Finishing third of the 69 co-anglers, Kermit Crowder of Petersburg, Virginia, had six bass for 13.46 pounds. Ha had a slow start with 4.77 pounds on day one and added over three pounds on day two for 8.69 pounds and pockets a check for $720.
Daniel Fischer of Fredericksburg, Virginia, finished the last season event in eighth place but is crowned the leader in points of the co-anglers in the Maryland division.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (256) 232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers
The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.